I love Christmas. I had a mom who instilled the joy, wonder, and appreciation of traditions that created memories to last a lifetime. Oh, how I miss her this time of the year. Always, actually, but I feel it more during the bright and shiny holidays.
As I saw the quote above on my quiet Christmas Eve morning, it kickstarted my reflection of the last year. I’ll post more thoughtful musings before 2022 kicks in.
In the meantime, I’m reminded of all we’ve experienced, personally and collectively, over the past year. Tenderness is warranted, for ourselves and each other. Forgiveness for what we could have done better, grace for ourselves as we may not have gotten to all we wanted to (damn Covid!), and appreciation of the people and the lessons that crossed our paths. May 2022 be better, kinder, and happier.
I wish everyone courage and strength for the present. Some of us may need it more than others as holidays are faced without being around all those we love. I’m so ready for peopley activities and events again. For this year, I’m leaning into gratitude for who I’m able to see, what we’re able to do, and enjoying what presents itself.